On this day: February 1

POSTED: 10:51 PM PST Jan 31, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 31, 2016 

The Beatles hit No. 1 for the first time in America, tragedy strikes space shuttle Columbia, and Janet Jackson suffers a Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction," all on this day.

OTD February 1 - John Ford
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1894: Film director and producer John Ford, best known for movies such as "Stagecoach," "The Searchers," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and "The Grapes of Wrath," is born John Martin Feeney in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Ford holds the record for most Best Director Oscars with four, including the 1941 Best Picture winner "How Green Was My Valley." Ford (seen here in 1946) died from stomach cancer at the age of 79 on Aug. 31, 1973.


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